Sometimes an in-person visit with your health care provider isn’t possible or even desirable. In public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual consultations can help prevent the spread of infections. They can also be helpful for patients with mobility issues, people who live in remote areas, and busy parents and workers who want the convenience of connecting from their device.
Virtual care solutions can help create a more sustainable health care system while improving access to care for patients.
Virtual care is any interaction between a patient and health care provider that doesn’t involve direct contact, and it can include video visits, telehomecare and secure messaging.
Flattening the curve
Virtual care solutions have quickly become essential in the current public health crisis. They have enabled physicians to see patients remotely, enabling those experiencing symptoms to continue to self-isolate, reducing the risk of exposure for others.
Additionally, PrescribeIT®, Canada Health Infoway’s national e-prescribing service, enables prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to a patient’s pharmacy of choice, reducing the need for in-person physician or nurse practitioner visits, and enabling vulnerable populations to limit their time outside thereby reducing their risk of infection.